23051
Tennessee/Kentucky/Indiana
Kentucky’s Heritage: Sail into the World of Bourbon
Sail the Mississippi River for an inside look into Kentucky’s bourbon industry aboard the American Queen with exclusive lectures, tastings and expert-led visits to distilleries.
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Program No. 23051RJ
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10 days
9 nights
26 meals
9 B 8 L 9 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Memphis, TN
D
Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.; Orientation at 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. When you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the lobby to register with our group leader, get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in at the front desk. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will have our own dedicated instructor for the program. In addition to the lectures and field trips that are part of our Road Scholar schedule, a schedule of each day’s boat board activities and events will be delivered to your cabin. For field trips during the cruise, we will typically disembark, walk a few minutes to a bus, and ride to our field trip site(s). At some sites, we will utilize the boat's hop-on/hop-off motorcoach. In the J.M. White Dining Room aboard the boat, Road Scholar has reserved tables for our group. Our dinners will have a starter, choice of soup or salad, entrée, and dessert with choices for each course; beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the boat, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice.

Dinner: In a private meeting room at the hotel, we will have our welcome dinner, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll continue getting to know each other, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Mississippi River Museum, National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, TN
B,L,D
Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet plus coffee, tea, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: This morning we'll head out for our full-day field trip of Memphis by motorcoach. The first stop will be Mud Island, located within Memphis on a small peninsula created by the diversion of the Wolf River in 1960. It has a hydraulic scale model of the Mississippi River from Cairo, IL, to New Orleans, LA. The island is also home to the Mississippi River Museum, with a number of exhibits concentrating on steamboat history, river folk, transportation on the Mississippi River, the Civil War, and music. We will explore the museum with our instructor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated from a limited menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. We’ll explore the museum with a docent and end at the motel room where Dr. King stayed and see the site of the assassin across the street. We will then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Graceland, Rock 'n Roll Museum, Embark Riverboat
Memphis, TN
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Moderate amount of walking at Graceland at one’s own pace.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: We'll continue our exploration of Memphis this morning with a motorcoach ride to Elvis Presley's historic home of Graceland, including the collection of airplanes and automobiles belonging to the King, joined by our instructor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Graceland.

Afternoon: We will then visit the The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. The exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. We will then take a motorcoach to embark on our journey upon the riverboat. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the boat dining room.

Evening: At leisure. One of the highlights of the experience is the opportunity to enjoy talented entertainers as they perform each evening. In addition to musical revues, cabaret, and authentic regional music in the Grand Saloon, we can tap our toes to dance music in the Engine Room bar, or join a piano sing-along in the Main Deck lounge.

DAY
4
River Cruising; Film Presentation
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Full-day cruise.

Breakfast: Aboard the boat, we will enjoy the choice of a buffet or menu meal option, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Your Study Leader, Jerry Sutphin, will present his original DVD “200 Years of Steamboating: 1811- 2011”. This is an exciting opportunity to ask questions!

Lunch: Aboard the boat, we will enjoy the choice of a buffet or menu meal option, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. Take advantage of the onboard activities as we head to Paducah, Kentucky. The Riverlorian, the boat’s onboard historian, is available for any questions about the river.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the boat's dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
5
Paducah-KY
Paducah, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Cruising until 5:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat

Morning: Your Study Leader will give a morning talk on the "Riverine World".

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat

Afternoon: There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns, mingle with fellow guests, and discuss the unique aspects of river life, or retreat to our gallery adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. We will arrive in Padacah, KY around 5 p.m.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the baot's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a fireworks show!

DAY
6
Paducah, KY; Flood walls, Quilt Museum, Civil War History
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Minimal walking in museums.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Morning: The boat stops in Paducah this morning. The first glimpse of Paducah is the magnificent paintings of Robert Dafford along the flood walls, where the history of Paducah is displayed. Here we will visit the International Quilt Museum, which houses a world-class display of work, with our group leader. This impressive collection is not for quilters only. We will then return to the boat for lunch. We will explore the Civil War history of Paducah at the Lloyd Tilghman Home, the home of a Civil War general who was killed at Champion Hill, and whose home includes a vast display of Civil War memorabilia.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Afternoon: This afternoon our instructor will provide the presentation "Navigation on the Rivers".

Dinner: Plated dinner in the boat's dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
7
Owensboro, KY; Morning talk, O.Z. Tyler distillery
Brandenburg, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Limited walking at local sites.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Morning: We will gather this morning for a program presentation on “Bourbon and Bluegrass”.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will use the hop-on-hop-off bus to visit the sites in Owensboro, including the O.Z. Tyler Distillery.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the boat dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
8
Brandenburg, KY; Morning talk, Jim Beam Distillery
Brandenburg, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Minimal walking at Distillery.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Morning: This morning your Study Leader will present a movie he produced for the 75th anniversary of the Delta Queen, “Tested By Time”

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll visit the famous Jim Beam distillery. Led by a docent, we will hear about the history of bourbon in Kentucky and the process of distilling bourbon. Please note that this premium shore excursion is provided by the cruise line. If you would like to opt out of participating in the Jim Beam Distillery Tour, please notify the American Queen Steamboat Company of your cancellation 48 hours in advance. Any participant who has not cancelled by this deadline will incur a $50 cancellation fee to their stateroom.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the boat's dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
9
Louisville, KY; Sites in Louisville
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Limited walking at local sites.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Morning: This morning we will present last minute questions to our instructor, Jerry Sutphin, and review the highlights of our program. We might even have a “fun” test!

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Afternoon: The rest of the day the American Queen will offer to visit the sites in Louisville.

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the boat.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Louisville, KY
B

Activity note: Boat docks at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the boat.

Morning: Upon disembarkation in Louisville, we will transfer to the airport. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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